Jim Dale is wonderful!! I enjoyed all of his voices. Mr. Dale's reading and Erin Morgenstern's writing made the circus so vivid. Bailey and Poppet were my favorites. I want to hear more of their story. I found myself still sitting in my car in my garage after my commute so I could continue listening.
Numerous are the characters and magical events, but few are the ones we grow to love individually. It's the idea of the circus that most captivates Morgenstern--it's given a place of importance where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. But if you're looking to know, identify with, and adoringly care for the inhabitants of the circus, you may come up short.
I grew up on Jim Dale's story-tape version of the Harry Potter books, so hearing him talk to me about magic again was compelling, soothing, a blast from the past and a complete delight. He's a truly remarkable narrator.
Probably the scene that stuck with me most was the one of the father teaching his daughter with cruel and unorthodox methods. It's such a pretty, beautiful book, but that moment was so gruesome and harrowing.
Celia- it's a rare man who can perform women so beautifully and richly, and he captures her perfectly. You aren't even aware, after long enough, that it's a man playing a woman, you just hear her.
Pass- I'm terrible at taglines! But if this were a movie I'd see it in Imax, twice.
One of the things I also really like about this book is that it's fantasy that isn't based on a fight in the traditional sense of the word- a competition, yes, and there's even some bloodshed, but the protagonist/antagonist tradition is torn down and what emerges instead is complex and beautiful and poignant.
I almost gave up on this book a few times but I am glad I didn't. It was great at the end! Great for all ages.
Jim dale bring his incredible talent to this haunting and lovely story full of stunning imagery. Sure to be a classic in your audio library that you will want to listen to over and over again. Join us, reveur!
Really enjoyed the story and loved the performance, Jim Dale is amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story.
I just could not tolerate more than 4 hours of this book. The narrator was fine but I really could not follow the plot. None of the characters sparked any interest.